It's just about time to see if Richard Kelly'sSouthland Tales was made into anything worth seeing. As we all know by now, the Cannes crowd hated it when it was first screened, damage control claimed that it was unfinished, and Kelly then re-edited it into the version that will be released on November 9. Now the filmmaker is focusing on work beyond the Tales, and Variety is reporting that he has joined his producing partner Sean McKittrick and financier Ted Hamm to form his own production company -- Darko Entertainment. The company plans to back "modestly-budgeted, director-driven films."

The first film listed under the banner is Kelly's Tales, while the first movie to start production under Darko is a flick called Dirty Girl, which will be helmed by Abe Sylvia. After that is The Box -- Kelly's psychological thriller that stars Cameron Diaz. McKittrick says: "Our goal is to get behind filmmakers with unique voices and take advantage of the Darko brand to help independent films reach a much wider audience." This begs the question: will Kelly's future work not have the surprising, mood-changing edits, since they want to help unique voices? He got to where he is right now because of the huge edits on Donnie Darko, and I doubt the film would've been half as big if our first serving of Darko was the Director's Cut.
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